Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Other/general
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21  
Old 28.08.2012, 22:51
MacGregor's Daughter's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Zug
Posts: 3,187
Groaned at 32 Times in 24 Posts
Thanked 3,563 Times in 1,463 Posts
MacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Quote:
View Post
Leather goods bought in Spain are often made from cheap imported camel hide from Morocco, across the water.

If it smells of camel poop, then you can probably guess which part of the beast the hide came from ..... looks like you're lumbered; - just take care if you use it on a visit to a zoo ..... you could well attract unwelcome attention.
Mystery solved - I said it smelled like camel from the beginning, but I thought there are not so many camels in Spain, I should have asked what it was made of, stupid me. As I keep saying, I'm too naive for this world.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank MacGregor's Daughter for this useful post:
  #22  
Old 28.08.2012, 22:54
Nil's Avatar
Nil Nil is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Basel
Posts: 10,378
Groaned at 442 Times in 346 Posts
Thanked 15,952 Times in 6,286 Posts
Nil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

I once had a leather jacket that smelled horrible cigarette smoke, I put it outside for few days and it finally lost the smell. I would suggest you put it on your balcony for few days and see what it looks like. If then, the smell still there, try the soap thing but I would prefer to bring it o a professional to be honest.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 28.08.2012, 22:57
MacGregor's Daughter's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Zug
Posts: 3,187
Groaned at 32 Times in 24 Posts
Thanked 3,563 Times in 1,463 Posts
MacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Quote:
View Post
I once had a leather jacket that smelled horrible cigarette smoke, I put it outside for few days and it finally lost the smell. I would suggest you put it on your balcony for few days and see what it looks like. If then, the smell still there, try the soap thing but I would prefer to bring it o a professional to be honest.
As I said it has been outside for two weeks.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 28.08.2012, 22:59
Nil's Avatar
Nil Nil is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Basel
Posts: 10,378
Groaned at 442 Times in 346 Posts
Thanked 15,952 Times in 6,286 Posts
Nil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Quote:
View Post
As I said it has been outside for two weeks.
Oh! I missed that part! Sorry! Well, maybe try to bring it to a dry cleaner? They can clean leather too.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Nil for this useful post:
  #25  
Old 28.08.2012, 23:00
TiMow's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Fribourg
Posts: 9,310
Groaned at 292 Times in 196 Posts
Thanked 12,189 Times in 5,300 Posts
TiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Buy a can of Fem Fresh, and give it a spray.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank TiMow for this useful post:
  #26  
Old 28.08.2012, 23:03
MacGregor's Daughter's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Zug
Posts: 3,187
Groaned at 32 Times in 24 Posts
Thanked 3,563 Times in 1,463 Posts
MacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Quote:
View Post
Oh! I missed that part! Sorry! Well, maybe try to bring it to a dry cleaner? They can clean leather too.
Yes, for the price of two brand new, non-smelly Louis Vitton leatherbags.....
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank MacGregor's Daughter for this useful post:
  #27  
Old 28.08.2012, 23:05
miniMia's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: romandie
Posts: 8,848
Groaned at 85 Times in 76 Posts
Thanked 7,391 Times in 3,729 Posts
miniMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Quote:
View Post
The leather making process uses many "soaking in water" stages,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leather_tanning

if you treat the bag gently it should keep it's shape, what can go wrong?
Yes. Before they turn the leather into finished goods. What could go wrong is it could lose it's shape, finish, color etc, just like if you don't shrink cotton fabric before you make it into clothes. Who knows maybe it will look better. But that's the point. You don't know what will happen. Don't go soaking your wife's handbags or shoes!



MD, one last thing to try before you dump it is the cat litter thing. Buy all natural clay cat litter if you can find it. The put the bag in a plastic bag and fill it with cat litter.

Good luck!
__________________
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank miniMia for this useful post:
  #28  
Old 28.08.2012, 23:10
MacGregor's Daughter's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Zug
Posts: 3,187
Groaned at 32 Times in 24 Posts
Thanked 3,563 Times in 1,463 Posts
MacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

I think cat litter would be a good idea, and i will also get some leather soap and fat to use afterwards. I hope it works, I would hate to throw it out.
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 28.08.2012, 23:12
Nil's Avatar
Nil Nil is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Basel
Posts: 10,378
Groaned at 442 Times in 346 Posts
Thanked 15,952 Times in 6,286 Posts
Nil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Quote:
View Post
I think cat litter would be a good idea, and i will also get some leather soap and fat to use afterwards. I hope it works, I would hate to throw it out.
Can we have a picture? I would love to see it.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 28.08.2012, 23:14
MacGregor's Daughter's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Zug
Posts: 3,187
Groaned at 32 Times in 24 Posts
Thanked 3,563 Times in 1,463 Posts
MacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Quote:
View Post
Can we have a picture? I would love to see it.
Have a little patience, i will take a picture, but you will be disappointed, it's a bag for work.
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 29.06.2014, 10:35
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: altendorf
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
hope0407 has no particular reputation at present
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Hey, I find myself in the same predicament (bought a leather purse and half-leather backpack (other half wool) in Madrid at the market). They both smell, like described here, reminiscent of animal byproduct. I just found this thread and was wondering what you ended up doing and if anything helped? Thanks in advance!
Attached Thumbnails
smelly-leather-what-do-1404026951938.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 29.06.2014, 11:41
MacGregor's Daughter's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Zug
Posts: 3,187
Groaned at 32 Times in 24 Posts
Thanked 3,563 Times in 1,463 Posts
MacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Let me tell you it took a long time, but finally the bag was ready to be used. We put it in the storage room or outside on a windy day (not in direct sunlight) and filled it with old newspapers which we exchanged every day, you will find that the newpaper will take the smell on.
That and several good doses of shoe spray finally made it, but shoe spray alone did not really help, you have to get the smell out first.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank MacGregor's Daughter for this useful post:
  #33  
Old 29.06.2014, 12:36
Sbrinz's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Murten - Morat
Posts: 10,961
Groaned at 542 Times in 342 Posts
Thanked 10,567 Times in 5,406 Posts
Sbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

When you stop and think about it, what is a smell? It is from minute pieces of a substance floating in the air, and activating our nerves in the nose. So when leather is smelly, there are minute particles of camel poop floating through the air, and until they have all left the leather, it will be smelly. The wind can blow them away, or you can wash them away.

On BBC TV a series has just finished (But no doubt it will be repeated next month) about the old ways of making or servicing things. Chimney sweeping, etc, but the very worst job was leather making.

The skins (accepted with some cow flesh still attached) were soaked for several days in a mixture of urine, dog poop and water. Then they were soaked for several days in (I think it was) a caustic soda solution. Then they were scraped and washed and dried. It was a very interesting series,

http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/cmfh5/the-worst-jobs-in-history--series-1---6-victorians

http://www.radiotimes.com/programme/...guide/series-1
.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Sbrinz for this useful post:
  #34  
Old 29.06.2014, 14:01
Murloc's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ticino
Posts: 218
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 201 Times in 104 Posts
Murloc is considered knowledgeableMurloc is considered knowledgeableMurloc is considered knowledgeable
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

funny, I've seen a decades old leather backpack somewhere, and it still smelled like a goat from a distance.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Murloc for this useful post:
  #35  
Old 03.07.2014, 17:54
abstract1's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: n
Posts: 15
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
abstract1 has no particular reputation at present
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Quote:
View Post
I bought this very nice bag in Spain, handmade of raw leather, just what I had been looking for and for a very fair price. So here I thought I had made a good bargain but when we arrived home it turned out the bag smells - actually it stinks like hell and therefore it is pretty useless for normal occasions, only in queues and overcrowded places it would come in handy.

Does anyone have a good idea what to do? We have put newspaper in to take the smell away and I also used a shoe deodorant which both have helped a little, but still not to my satisfaction.

I could swear it smells like a camel....

Leather always smells haha. Maybe throw a air freshner inside it lol
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 03.01.2015, 13:34
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: altendorf
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
hope0407 has no particular reputation at present
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Surprisingly enough, it was air-freshner that did the trick for me, or more specifically a couple shoe-freshner balls, which are sold at shoe stores sometimes. I threw my leather backpack and these air-freshner balls in a bag for a couple of months and now my backpack smells like lavender detergent. Anyways, much better smell and I can use it now!
Reply With Quote
  #37  
Old 06.01.2015, 02:54
Sonnenbrand's Avatar
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Bergdietikon
Posts: 8
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Sonnenbrand has no particular reputation at present
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

I can see this thread quite old

Put it in the freezer for a day!

Maybe the posters specific problem can't be solved with this method, but it can work for smelly leather in general
Reply With Quote
  #38  
Old 20.03.2015, 10:00
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Australia
Posts: 1
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Playinginthematrix has no particular reputation at present
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

I just found this post and have a similar issue with a leather jacket. i didn't notice the smell until I'd sprayed it with leather protecter. It now smells vile.

Have had it hanging in the room near the window for three days and the smell is no better.

I'm not keen to soak it but will hang it in the sun for a few days longer.Made in China so God knows what kind of leather it is.
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 20.03.2015, 10:12
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: CH
Posts: 5,104
Groaned at 188 Times in 147 Posts
Thanked 6,065 Times in 3,279 Posts
greenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond reputegreenmount has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Quote:
View Post
I bought this very nice bag in Spain, handmade of raw leather, just what I had been looking for and for a very fair price. So here I thought I had made a good bargain but when we arrived home it turned out the bag smells - actually it stinks like hell and therefore it is pretty useless for normal occasions, only in queues and overcrowded places it would come in handy.

Does anyone have a good idea what to do? We have put newspaper in to take the smell away and I also used a shoe deodorant which both have helped a little, but still not to my satisfaction.

I could swear it smells like a camel....
Happened to me to buy a beautiful wallet in Italy, gorgeous colour...I never used it because of the smell, so eventually I had to throw it away (it wasn't very expensive though) What a waste.

Edit: It wasn't made in China, I guess they used a poorly treated leather. (In my naivety) I thought it was just the smell of a new leather thing (albeit stronger than usual) that would go away in time.
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 21.03.2015, 10:00
MacGregor's Daughter's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Zug
Posts: 3,187
Groaned at 32 Times in 24 Posts
Thanked 3,563 Times in 1,463 Posts
MacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond reputeMacGregor's Daughter has a reputation beyond repute
Re: smelly leather - what to do?

Quote:
View Post
I just found this post and have a similar issue with a leather jacket. i didn't notice the smell until I'd sprayed it with leather protecter. It now smells vile.

Have had it hanging in the room near the window for three days and the smell is no better.

I'm not keen to soak it but will hang it in the sun for a few days longer.Made in China so God knows what kind of leather it is.
Probably dog leather.

However, I would not hang it in the sun.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
leather, smell




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Free smelly old sock to a good home Sutter Free stuff 29 10.05.2012 11:08
what do i have to do to make a real friend ktschabold Complaints corner 45 06.10.2011 14:18
When in Bern - what to do and what to see? De Brit Entertainment & dining 27 18.09.2011 21:14


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 16:41.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0